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PM Shehbaz vows to provide foolproof security to Chinese nationals

Says March 26 culprits to get exemplary punishment
PM Shehbaz Sharif’s speech at condolence ceremony in Dasu - Aaj News

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has vowed to provide foolproof security to Chinese nationals working on the Dasu Hydropower Project as well as across the country and resolved to ensure exemplary punishment for the perpetrators of the March 26 incident.

Addressing a gathering of Chinese engineers and workers on Monday, he said the government would ensure that the perpetrators and culprits of the Shangla attack get the “exemplary punishment”, so that it would be a “lesson and that no one could commit such dastardly act in future.”

The prime minister said that the sole purpose of his visit was to offer condolences and express feelings to the Chinese brothers and sisters in Dasu over a sad incident that took place last month in which five Chinese and one local lost their lives.

He said it was a “cowardly act” on the part of the terrorists to kill Chinese nationals and a Pakistani for no other reason except to disturb and damage the exceptional friendship between the two countries.

Terming it a job of the enemies of Pakistan, the prime minister said that it was a “dastardly act” on the part of the perpetrators who found every opportunity to harm this friendship.

“That is the reason enemies do not spare any opportunity to damage and create a wedge between the two Iron Brothers,” he added.

PM Shehbaz said that they shared the moment of sadness and sorrow and assured that “the government would not leave any stone unturned and would not spare any opportunity to ensure the best possible security measures for the Chinese families and nationals.”

He also assured the Chinese leadership and the ambassador that all foolproof security arrangements would be made for the Chinese people working in Pakistan.

The prime minister said that after the incident, he had visited embassy immediately to offer condolences on behalf of his government and the people of Pakistan to the Chinese leadership and the Chinese people.

He added that a joint investigation team was also constituted on the same day and its report was due at any time. The premier added that they would not waste time to act upon the recommendations of the inquiry committee in letter and spirit.

Besides, a high-level security meeting was held on March 27 in which they discussed better coordination with the provincial governments over the additional security measures, he added.

The prime minister said that Pakistan-China friendship would march forward in unison and the enemies of CPEC and this exceptional relationship would be defeated completely.

Speaking on the occasion, Ambassador Jiang Zaidong said that the prime minister visited the embassy and reassured security for the Chinese nationals.

He also expressed gratitude to the government and people of Pakistan for expressing solidarity, adding that they were ready to work together to further build their strategic partnership with Pakistan.

The gathering also observed a 30-second silence for those who lost lives in the tragic incident.

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